China is continuing to block foreign technology services from being accessible in the country, as US-based antivirus firm Symantec and Russian firm Kaspersky Labs have been added to a list of tech firms banned from China.
According to a report by Business Insider on Monday, China’s government procurement agency has excluded Symantec and Kaspersky from its security software supplier list. There are no foreign security firms on the approved list of five security providers.
Some of the concern from the Chinese government seems to be that the software from security firms like Symantec could include backdoors or other hidden functionalities in order to enable the US to spy on China. Symantec told Bloomberg that it doesn’t do that.
Kaspersky is currently investigating the government’s decision to keep it off the approved list.